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Tommy Joseph | First Baseman | #19

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/16/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (0) / SF

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Tommy Joseph went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.
Joseph ripped the solo shot off Marlins starter Jose Urena in the fourth inning, his second in two games and his fifth in his last eight contests. Few have been hotter than the 25-year-old this month, as Joseph is now 14-for-33 (.424) with those five home runs in just 12 July games played. The catcher-turned-first baseman appears to be finding his footing at the major league level and could be securing his spot as the Phillies' first baseman of the future in the process. Jul 19 - 11:59 PM

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Tommy Joseph ripped a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

Joseph's solo blast off of Jose Fernandez in the seventh inning put the Phillies up 2-0 at the time, but the Phils blew the save in the ninth and eventually lost in extra innings. The first baseman has been an all-or-nothing slugger since his promotion, slugging 12 home runs but also striking out 42 times and sporting a .278 on-base percentage over 160 at-bats.
Jul 18 - 11:09 PM

Tommy Joseph had a four hit night including his 11th home run of the season on Saturday.

The 4-for-4 game raised his batting average by 20 points to .258 on the year. The rookie has 11 home runs in 151 at-bats. Perhaps now the Phillies will let him snatch the first base gig away from Ryan Howard permanently.
Jul 9 - 11:51 PM

Tommy Joseph launched a pinch-hit, three-run homer off left-hander Jake McGee at Coors Field on Friday.

Joseph did not start for the second day in a row but provided the key play of the game nonetheless. Pinch-hitting for pitcher Vince Velasquez in the seventh inning gave him his chance to shine. Interestingly, Velasquez's .240/.269/.280 line gives him a better batting average and on-base percentage than Joseph's .238/.253/.483 line.
Jul 9 - 1:01 AM

Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies' lineup Thursday against the Rockies.

It looks like Joseph is just getting a breather. Ryan Howard will start at first and bat sixth versus Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis. Joseph got off to an impressive start this year but has hit just .220 with 27 strikeouts in 109 at-bats since June 1.
Jul 7 - 5:39 PM

Tommy Joseph fanned four times as part of an 0-for-5 night against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

The Phillies never should have let Ryan Howard take Joseph under his wing. Following a fast start, Joseph's average now sits at .234, with a .714 OPS. He should continue to start over Howard, but he doesn't look like a mixed-league option right now.
Jun 28 - 1:06 AM

Tommy Joseph was scratched from the Phillies' lineup Thursday due to an illness.

It sounds like the same bug that has been traveling around MLB clubhouses over the last week. Andres Blanco will get the start at first base versus the Twins.
Jun 23 - 12:16 PM

Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

It's just a day of rest for the hard-hitting first baseman who has just two hits in his last 27 at-bats. Ryan Howard is starting in his place and batting cleanup against Zack Greinke on Saturday.
Jun 18 - 12:04 PM

Tommy Joseph went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Friday’s loss to the Diamondbacks.

Joseph was on a tear to begin his major league career, but he has now has just two hits in his last 27 at-bats. The 24-year-old has shown some intriguing pop with seven homers, but he also has a troubling 26/3 K/BB ratio. Still, the Phillies are understandably giving him the majority of at-bats at first base over Ryan Howard.
Jun 17 - 11:33 PM

Tommy Joseph blasted a pair of home runs and drove home four on Friday, but it still wasn't enough to lead the Phillies to victory over the Nationals in Washington.

Joseph gave the Phillies an early 4-0 lead with his two-run shot off Stephen Strasburg in the third inning. He added another two-run blast in the eighth to pull the Phillies to within three runs, but that would be as close as they would come. He has been outstanding at the plate thus far, slashing .323/.333/.677 with seven homers and 12 RBI.
Jun 10 - 11:01 PM

Tommy Joseph is out of the Phillies' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Cubs.

Ryan Howard will start at first base and bat fifth versus Cubs right-hander John Lackey. It's the second day off in a row for Joseph, who boasts a .903 OPS and five home runs in his first 19 major league games.
Jun 8 - 10:41 AM

Tommy Joseph clobbered his fourth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Brewers on Saturday.

His solo shot off of Junior Guerra got the Phillies on the board in the second inning. He seems to have supplanted Ryan Howard as the club's starting first baseman, and is hitting .283/.286/.528 with four homers and six RBI on the season.
Jun 4 - 7:45 PM

Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies' starting lineup Monday against the Nationals.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Sunday night that he was planning to get Joseph more playing time against right-handers at the expense of Ryan Howard, but it'll be Howard at first base (and batting cleanup) Monday versus Washington righty Tanner Roark. Joseph has an .861 OPS and three home runs in his first 11 major league games.
May 30 - 2:42 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin stated Sunday night that he plans to get Tommy Joseph more playing time, at the expense of slumping first baseman Ryan Howard.

Joseph has 10 hits -- including three homers -- through his first 35 at-bats at the major league level. "We brought Joseph up here for a reason, to get a look at him," Mackanin said. "I can’t let him stagnate on the bench like (Darin) Ruf ended up doing, so he’s going to face some right-handed pitchers to keep his timing."
May 30 - 10:36 AM

Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Saturday.

He's inexplicably on the pine while the slumping Ryan Howard starts at first base and hits cleanup. Joseph is hitting .290/.294/.516 with two homers and four RBI in his first 31 at-bats.
May 28 - 10:40 AM

Depth Charts

C1Cameron Rupp
2Carlos Ruiz
1B1Tommy Joseph
2Ryan Howard
2B1Cesar Hernandez
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Tyler Goeddel
2Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Peter Bourjos
2Jimmy Paredes
3Aaron Altherr
Starting Pitcher
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Charlie Morton
3Aaron Nola
4Jerad Eickhoff
5Vincent Velasquez
6Zach Eflin
7Matt Harrison
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeanmar Gomez
2Hector Neris
3David Hernandez
4Andrew Bailey
5Brett Oberholtzer
6Edubray Ramos
7Severino Gonzalez